As we reflect on Veterans Day this week, most of us think about the countless blessings we have because of the sacrifice and service of our country’s brave men and women. There is no doubt that this holiday gives deserving recognition to those who have so gallantly served. However, we can do more than simply recognize our veterans. We must remember the words of John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Earlier this year, the construction industry committed to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. In order to accomplish this, Build Your Future (BYF) partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to use an effective recruitment tool known as SkillBridge, an online, Twitter-based portal specifically for transitioning service members.
During the last 180 days of service, military personnel undergo a transition phase. Transitioning into civilian life is a daunting challenge for many service members, and two out three veterans report having a difficult time during this process. In addition, veterans listed the greatest challenge during the phase was finding a civilian job. Read more » about What Veterans Day Means to Our Industry